England & Wales Communities and society , Economy and regeneration , Welfare and equalities

Below the Breadline: Latest Oxfam Report

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Summary

This 2014 report published jointly by Church Action on Poverty, the Trussell Trust, and Oxfam, compiles data from a wide range of sources in an attempt to build up a comprehensive picture of the extent and causes of food insecurity in the UK. The report’s publication follows the creation of an All Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger and Food Poverty, which has formally launched an inquiry into food poverty, co-chaired by the Bishop of Truro, which is due to report at the end of 2014. As with earlier reports and investigations, this report shows a rapid rise in the use of emergency assistance with food. Among the primary causes are current changes to the welfare regime.

This briefing will be of interest to members and officers in all councils who work with local residents and communities, to officers in upper tier councils directly involved with the local welfare schemes and to partners in the third sector, particularly those concerned about food security, poverty, and welfare reform.

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